rockhopper

noun
rock·​hop·​per | \ ˈräk-ˌhä-pər How to pronounce rockhopper (audio) \

Definition of rockhopper

: a small penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome) with a short thick bill and a yellow crest

Examples of rockhopper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although Pierre loves his TV shows, the zoo is currently working with their international zoo colleagues to find a suitable, long-term home for him with other rockhopper penguins. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Endangered Penguin at Australian Zoo Loves to Watch TV Show About Other Penguins Like Him," 1 Sep. 2020 The zoo is working with its international colleagues so Pierre can find a new place to recover and make new rockhopper friends. Jennifer Hauser, CNN, "This endangered penguin loves to watch a show about penguins," 29 Aug. 2020 In one video, a rockhopper penguin named Wellington visits the aquarium's Amazon Rising exhibit, which features creatures from the Amazon River basin, the largest river system and rainforest on Earth. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Chicago aquarium releases penguins after exhibits close due to coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 Learn more 21 6:44 AM - Mar 16, 2020 Twitter Ads info and privacy See Andrew, Apple Daddy's other Tweets This latest animal to know (and love) is a rockhopper penguin who goes by the name of Wellington, who lives at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "'Wellington' the Penguin Got a Grand Tour of His Aquarium After it Closed Amid Coronavirus Control Efforts, And It's Positively Charming," 16 Mar. 2020 The aquarium shared a video of a group of rockhopper penguins taking a walk inside the facility and visiting the other animals. CBS News, "Penguins go on a "field trip to meet other animals" in Chicago aquarium closed over coronavirus fears," 16 Mar. 2020 Shedd Aquarium tweeted a video of one penguin, a rockhopper named Wellington, taking a particular liking to the Amazonian fish exhibit. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "A Chicago Aquarium Closed To Visitors, So The Penguins Got to See The Sights," 16 Mar. 2020 With the building closed to visitors to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, a group of rockhopper penguins were allowed to leave their habitat and explore the rest of the aquarium. Alicia Lee, CNN, "With the aquarium closed to humans, penguins take opportunity to explore and visit other animals," 15 Mar. 2020 The kea and rockhopper teams have been taking their campaigns to the skies this week. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "No evidence of Russian interference in New Zealand’s ‘Bird of the Year’ contest," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of rockhopper

1875, in the meaning defined above

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6 Sep 2020

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“Rockhopper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rockhopper. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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